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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by getvaked, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Rocket

    Rocket Danger Zone!

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    No worries, as a guitar player (of minor skill) I have been contemplating picking up rocksmith for a while now, after this little back and forth I just renewed my own interest. I'll have to pick up a copy. :)
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  2. deadheadbill

    deadheadbill I can see clearly now the smoke is gone...

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    I have Rocksmith. It's a good app. It won't necessarily teach you methodology, but it is awesome for muscle memory, training exercises and you get to play some great music along with it.
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  3. Angus Thermopyle

    Angus Thermopyle miner of truth & delusion

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    New version Rocksmith 2014 is dropping in Oct.

    Looks like BestBuy has the best prices right now on the orig version. (Steam required for PC version)
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocksmi...52572569&skuId=2808781&st=rocksmith&lp=7&cp=1

    http://slickdeals.net/f/6287522-rocksmith-guitar-and-bass-pc

    Latency can be an issue depending on setup. I have had both PS3 and PC (steam) and find it easier to play on the PC re: latency. See http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.ph...hieving-low-latency-in-Rocksmith-on-PC-Forums
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  4. Rocket

    Rocket Danger Zone!

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    Good advice, I had already planned on the PC version myself as it's my platform of choice but still good to know.
  5. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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    thanks guys!

    @deadheadbill - good to know. i figured the methodology would be lacking (hoping there was some in training, as i don't think there is any in RB3. i was at the point where learning that kind of stuff was getting to be necessary and it really seemed pointless to learn it for a game. 'sokay. that's what the laptop and youtube vids are for! thanks for the heads up!

    @Angus Thermopyle - thanks for the heads up. now i am torn between the xbox version and the pc (prefer consoles in general, steam drives me nuts) and i can get the xbox version for $30 from frys.com
    found some work arounds for the latency issue. great links for sure, tho!

    sounds like it's time to get it before it disappears when the next version drops.
    will the new version have a better cable, tho?

    can't find anything on the cable, but this is cool in regards to what dhbill was saying about training

    "As with the original, you can play lead and rhythm guitar as well as bass. It's important to note that Rocksmith 2014 is as much a teaching tool as it is an interactive game experience. There are more than 85 lessons -- ranging from bends to accents to slides to chord formation -- included. There's also a handy finger position guide on the interface now, which is one of the most helpful learning tools added to the 2014 edition. This is a huge improvement to the game as it teaches new users how to form chords in the most efficient way possible to easily move to other shapes."


    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/16/rocking-out-with-rocksmith-2014

    http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/08/16/top-5-improvements-in-rocksmith-2014
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  6. Tweek

    Tweek Well-Known Member

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    My wonderful wife bought me Rocksmith awhile back, a great program. Makes practicing fun.
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  7. Vicki

    Vicki Herbal Alchemist

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    Right now, we are playing Little Big Planet Karting with our daughter. Makes her happy! :nod:
  8. deadheadbill

    deadheadbill I can see clearly now the smoke is gone...

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  9. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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  10. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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    ok, so i grabbed the $30 rocksmith (hell, that's basically the price of the cord).

    am thinking about cancelling the RB3 guitar order as i found this

    http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/msg/4086136876.html

    and this (game is ps3, but i'd just sell it gamefly(stop), etc)

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/for/4071250520.html


    am thinking about grabbing the top one as it looks better, but i don't know shit about guitars. looks like it'd save me a bit as i wouldn't need to get the midi contoller on top of the other guitar. course the rb3 squier is going for over 300 on ebay.

    any thoughts guitarists and gamers??

    playing twilight princess (zelda) on wii while i wait
  11. Angus Thermopyle

    Angus Thermopyle miner of truth & delusion

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  12. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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    thanks for that! the squier was coming from a guitar center so i assumed it was up to snuff.
    am trying to save a few dollars and i need a lefty, which is why i posted those ads.
    it's gonna be one of those for sure. i just cancelled the squier order. while it would allow me to play the RB3 tracks AND rocksmith, while i'll only be able to play rocksmith with the new lefty, the main reason was the expense/value of the guitar. from what i've read the squier perfoms at about the level of a $100 guitar. so if i'm gonna use a $100 guitar, i'd rather pay that much, and have it be lefty. $250 total for guitar and MIDI controller with RB3, $100-$115 total for a lefty guitar and the new game/ cord.

    returned the squier b4 they could ship it.
    am 'bout to text the guy in the top ad now.....

    i'll keep that guy bookmarked for when i do upgrade, he did have one lefty... too much for me right now...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Agile-AL-20...e-/390666262285?pt=Guitar&hash=item5af586170d

    so i talked to the guy, he found a whammy bar that fit it and installed it, is pluggin it in and tuning it up and driving it over to the wifey's work for me! i shoulda paid for the faster shipping on the rocksmith!!

    thanks for the heads up, again, @Rocket you saved me more than a few bones and i'll finally have a PROPER lefty!! am excited for the new games as well, but that's what gamefly is for!!
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  13. Kid_cody420

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    I love throwing in some 2k13 and wasting a couple hours baked!! slam dunks, alley oops, three pointers, makes me feel accomplished without leaving my couch!! Am I alone in this??
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  14. SD_haze

    SD_haze MMJ Vaporist

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    Addicted to this free mobile game :D
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  15. deadheadbill

    deadheadbill I can see clearly now the smoke is gone...

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    Thank goodness dude. I didn't want to say anything, but those squiers are crap. You may find a good one if you go and play every one in the store. But, mainly they never hold a tune and sound like crap.
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  16. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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    yea, my frugal common sense won out. this johnson i grabbed is almost new and even if it is crap, i didn't pay hardly nothing for it.
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  17. Rocket

    Rocket Danger Zone!

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    Anyone else excited for GTAV-Online? Looks like it's shaping up tp be a blast. :D
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  18. deadheadbill

    deadheadbill I can see clearly now the smoke is gone...

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  19. TechnicalToker

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    Diablo III. FTW
  20. Kid_cody420

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    2k14 gets released tonight!!! Laker nation baby!!
  21. Buildozer

    Buildozer Well-Known Member

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    This is a kind of random.. but has any one here done a software mod on an original xbox?? I have been looking into it today.. but I'm not very good w/ these kinds of things.. and I feel like I'm reading another language.
  22. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Astralnaut

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    ^^ you are^^
    good luck!

    just pre-ordered 'Destiny'

    am a huge fan of the Halo series, i was one of those guys in a house w/ 20-30 other guys (and a few girls) with 4 tvs and 4 boxes hooked up in a couple different rooms all going 8 v 8 constantly for whole weekends. you die, go to back of line, repeat.
    that is, up until the last one (granted i only played a few levels).
    was worried it would fall off after bungie left and really was not impressed w/ the changes i had seen. not sure how the rest of the fans (market) has taken it.

    i have, however, been extremely excited to see what bungie does now that they've broken from microsoft's control. and it looks like DESTINY is coming! i just got my pre-order in for beta access! i am waiting on the xbox1 and ps4 to be out for at least a year b4 i go that route, so i am gonna have to be happy w/ the 360 version for now. got almost a year. must get over it until then.
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  23. Kid_cody420

    Kid_cody420 Member

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    I am sooo pumped for that game to come out! I am a little worried about where they are going to take the rest of the games though : (
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  24. Hexi

    Hexi Well-Known Member

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    Diablo III - way too easy on console medium, but need to beat it to open up the real difficulties.

    GTA Online - played for 30 minutes, spent 99% of the time staring at a loading screen and listening to screeching headset chatter through my speakers...
  25. Bob Loblaw

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    Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days

    Scientists from Washington University have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of a enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days.

    Puzzle by the intricate structure of the M-PMV retroviral protein, an enzyme that plays a key role in the development of a virus similar to HIV, scientists have striven to find its chemical key for ten years now. Each enzyme has millions of possible combination in which it can fold its atom bonds, and determining its precise structure is a very laborious enterprise even for high-end computers with large processing power.

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    Ingame screenshot of the Foldit interface.

    As a long-shot Washington University biologist sent the virtual 3D model of the M-PMV to the online game Foldit, where gamers folded and turned it into a myriad of combinations. Eventually, and remarkably enough, the gamers obtained the optimum one – the state that needed the lowest energy to maintain. Now unlocked, scientists have a concrete means of understanding how the enzyme works, and consequently how to attack it.

    “This was really kind of a last-ditch effort. Can the Foldit players really solve it?” Firas Khatib, a biochemist at the University of Washington and the lead author on the recently published research paper told MSNBC. “They actually did it in less than 10 days.”

    Foldit is a very simple game, which tackles biology’s biggest issue – folding proteins. To play the game you don’t need any biology background, just your native spacial reasoning skills. Motivation comes in the form of competition, and from this stand point, the game has been more than suitably designed. Basically you get scored for three factors: how well you pack the protein, how efficiently you hide the hydrophobics and how you clear the clashes. Trust me, it’s a lot simpler than it sounds.

    “Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins,” states the game’s website.

    “Since proteins are part of so many diseases, they can also be part of the cure.

    Protein folding had proved to be one of the more popular uses for distributed computing
    “Players can design brand new proteins that could help prevent or treat important diseases.”

    The game allows players to chat with each other and collaborate, thus various gamers built up each others work and thus collectively managed to crack the code for the most energy efficient enzyme structure – the most important structure to study.

    The reason why computers haven’t been able to do this, despite their evidently superior processing capabilities, is that they’re still far from being capable of having human-like spacial reasoning. Interestingly enough, Foldit records the players’ actions and processes them in an algorithm which will eventually help the AI behind the game to someday be able to compile successful structures on its own.

    Seth Cooper, a University of Washington computer scientist and lead designer and developer of Foldit, is hoping that more scientists send them problems that fit within the Foldit format.

    “The critical role of Foldit players in the solution of the M-PMV [retroviral protease] structure shows the power of online games to channel human intuition and three-dimensional pattern-matching skills to solve challenging scientific problems,” said the study, which was published by Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. “Although much attention has recently been given to the potential of crowdsourcing and game playing, this is the first instance that we are aware of in which online gamers solved a longstanding scientific problem.”

    Still, the breakthrough is amazing by all means. Next time somebody tells you you’re wasting time playing a video game, you can always show them this article and tell them you’re helping saving the world.




    Read more at http://www.zmescience.com/research/...d-hiv-puzzle-in-ten-days/#OP9IQdhYJxr87gBR.99
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